Audi

Audi is a member of the big three German trio that also includes BMW and Mercedes. These three brands compete strongly against one another and, while Audi may not sell quite as well in the United States as its major competitors, it has a robust lineup that includes 27 cars and 7 SUVs. The only niche the company doesn’t cover is pickup trucks, and that probably won’t change in the foreseeable future. In terms of luxury, performance, and reliability, even Audi’s entry-level models rate pretty high on the scale and, with such a large lineup, there is a model available for almost every income level. Audi offerings range from daily drivers to mid-level performance, and the R8 serves as a halo car of sorts with supercar looks and impressive performance.

2020 Audi RS7

2020 Audi RS7

The Audi RS7 returns with a more powerful engine and a mild-hybrid setup

The 2020 Audi RS7 is the second generation of the company’s range-topping four-door coupe. Based on the latest A7, the 2020 RS7 features a far more aggressive exterior design, a completely new interior packed with premium features, state-of-the-art technology, and a powerful drivetrain. The latter combines a revised version of Audi’s 4.0-liter V-8 and a 48-volt system that improves fuel efficiency. The 2020 Audi RS7 arrives just in time to take on the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe and the upcoming BMW M8 Gran Coupe.

The 2020 Audi RS7 will join the standard A7 and the mid-range S7 in the U.S., where it will cost in excess of $100,000. Estimates put it at around $120,000, which will make it slightly more affordable that the competition. The 2020 RS7 is one of the many new Audis to feature mild hybrid drivetrains as the German firm is moving more and more toward electrification.

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2020 Audi RS4 Avant

2020 Audi RS4 Avant

The thrills of a hot sedan in a wagon avatar

At a time when wagons are slowly evolving from being family haulers to performance beasts, people in the U.S. are missing out on a lot of action. The Audi RS4 and the RS6 Avant give us the major #FOMO feels. Audi has told wagon-lovers in the U.S. not to give up hopes yet, as the company said, "We always look at potential new opportunities in the market. It’s a niche to explore. We keep holding discussions. Keep writing us letters.” That’s not a confirmation in any way, but it sounds like an assurance for the time being. Now, the company has finally unveiled the 2020 Audi RS4 Avant with aesthetic changes and a few changes inside the cabin. Is it better than the previous iteration?

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This Widebody Audi A1 Sportback is a Thing of Dreams

This Widebody Audi A1 Sportback is a Thing of Dreams

Goodness gracious, ABT Sportsline!

Anyone who knows ABT Sportsline knows that the German tuner isn’t the type to roll out tuning programs that border on obscenity. It’s not Mansory. It’s not TopCar. Heck, it’s not even Brabus. ABT Sportsline sits on the more refined side of the tuning fence, but every so often, it’s not afraid to let it’s hair down and go stir crazy. Such episodes can result in something like this: a “1of1” wide-body Audi A1 that’s going to make Tony Stark blush with envy. There’s absolutely nothing that’s refined about this particular Audi A1. It’s the kind of program you’re more likely to see at SEMA than at the Geneva Motor Show. There’s nothing wrong about it, though, and, in some ways, it speaks to a wild side that ABT Sportsline rarely gets to show. Judging by how raunchy this A1 looks, we’re not opposed to seeing ABT Sportsline’s alter ego more often.

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The 2020 Audi RS Q3 Now Has a Sportier Friend You Might Be Interested In

The 2020 Audi RS Q3 Now Has a Sportier Friend You Might Be Interested In

The new Audi RS Q3 has made its debut with a revised version of that peppy and acoustic 2.5-liter, turbocharged, inline, five-cylinder engine. This time around, however, it is tuned to deliver 400 horsepower (295 kW) and 354 pound-feet (480 nm) of torque, all of which is channeled to all four wheels through Audi’s awesome Quattro AWD system. That accounts for an increase of 94 horsepower over the 2013-2014 RS Q3, 65 horsepower over the 2015-2016 RS Q3, and 38 horsepower over the most powerful version from the last-gen model, the RS Q3 Performance. The new RS Q3 is certainly an amazing compact performance crossover with unique styling touches, impressive horsepower, and notable luxury. But, it’s not the RS Q3 that is all that important in today’s headlines.

The RS Q3? Eh, it’s just another performance crossover. What about the RS Q3 Sportback? That’s right, folks. Audi has managed to apply the Sportback name to the range-topping RS Q3 and, believe it or not, it is somehow more attractive than the Q3 Sportback. It features its only unique styling compared to the RS Q3 and the sloping roof – paired with the more aggressive RS design cues – actually makes it look oddly like the Lamborghini Urus from certain angles. It’s hard to believe, sure, but there sure is a resemblance. Here’s a quick rundown of what the new Audi RS Q3 Sportback brings to the lineup.

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Did Audi Understate Performance Figures of the 2020 RS7 Sportback?

Did Audi Understate Performance Figures of the 2020 RS7 Sportback?

We’d say Audi was more conservative than anything, but there is a difference

The new 2020 Audi RS7 Sportback was just announced at the Frankfurt Auto Show, and it’s already starting to get some major media attention. That attention, right now, is on the fact that Audi may have intentionally understated the RS7’s performance. To what extent? Well, the guys at Auditography decided to find out for themselves.

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The Audi RS6 Avant - A Video History

The Audi RS6 Avant - A Video History

It wasn’t easy for Audi to keep the RS6 Avant alive, but it somehow pulled it off

It August 2019 when, while looking for hot stuff to write, the undersigned stumbled upon Audi USA’s newsroom website, where the first article on the top of the page said, in Caps Lock: ALL-NEW AUDI RS6 AVANT IS COMING TO AMERICA!

Why the yelling, you’re wondering? Well, Audi’s RS history spans over a quarter of a century, and it is only now that the U.S. gets the RS6 Avant for the first time. Now, the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant is an absolute monster regardless of how you look at it - design or spec-wise. Its 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine makes 591 horsepower (441 kW) and 590 pound-feet of torque (800 Nm). On asphalt, these numbers generate 0-62 mph (100 km/h) sprints ticked in 3.6 seconds and electronic nanny-restricted top speeds of 155 mph (250 km/h).

Also responsible for such crisp performances is the eight-speed Tiptronic transmission with launch control mode and Audi’s notorious Quattro permanent all-wheel drive complemented by wheel-selective torque control and a sport differential. You get the point - beastly specs for a beastly machine. But beastliness has been embedded in the RS6 Avant’s DNA since the model’s inception back in 2002, as you are about to find out.

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Audi Just Upped Its Go-Anywhere Game With the AI:TRAIL Concept

Audi Just Upped Its Go-Anywhere Game With the AI:TRAIL Concept

Jeeps and Land Rovers of the world, you have the right to be scared if this thing makes it to production

Audi has made a tradition of dropping stunning concepts whenever an auto show opened its doors. It did it earlier this year in Geneva with the Q4 e-tron and e-tron GT concepts, so we’ve been expecting a similar move for the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Well, it happened once again, this time with less “e-tron” and more “quattro”: meet the Audi AI:TRAIL Quattro concept in all its off-road might.

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Audi's New RS7 Sportback Finally Has a Look to Call Its Own

Audi’s New RS7 Sportback Finally Has a Look to Call Its Own

It’s the freshest-looking RS7 that we’ve seen in a long time

For the longest time, the RS7 has represented Audi in the high-end performance saloon segment. It’s done its job about as well as it can, but there was always something about the RS7 that somehow kept it from reaching its full potential. It has never lacked in power or driving dynamics so it’s neither of those things. What kept the RS7 from completely standing out in a sea of high-performance four-door saloons was its design.

To be clear, past RS7s didn’t look bad; they just didn’t stand out, either. They looked like your typical era-correct Audis that just happened to come with bigger bodies and far more luxurious interiors. Audi wants to change that narrative, and with the arrival of the 2020 RS7 Sportback, it just might have found that perfect balance of design and performance that could change the way we look at the RS7 Sportback moving forward.

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The 2020 Audi A7 Has Been Electrified, But to What Extent and What Cost?

The 2020 Audi A7 Has Been Electrified, But to What Extent and What Cost?

There may be a slight drop in usable cargo room and performance, though

The current Audi A7 is a real looker, it offers pretty decent performance for a car its size, and you can’t argue with its interior quality of technology. But, the one technology it wasn’t privy to was electrification. Well, not at least until now, anyway. That’s right, folks, Audi has just introduced the A7 Sportback 55 TFSI E Quattro PHEV. What does that mean for performance and fuel economy? Well, Audi didn’t just toss in an electric motor and battery – there are some serious changes here, and you should probably be aware of them.

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2020 Audi A5 Sportback

2020 Audi A5 Sportback

Spied facelifted 2020 Audi A5 Sportback reveals some of its secrets and announces that it will remain one of the best fastback sedans on the market

An all-new 2020 Audi A5 Sportback is nearing its introduction. While we are still months away from the reveal, numerous spy shots of A5 Sportback prototypes provide us with a unique glimpse into the future of the popular Audi fastback sedan.

Captured somewhere in Scandinavia earlier this year, and lately, in Germany and Spain, the 2020 Audi A5 Sportback prototype shows new light clusters in the back, new tailpipes, and even some mods on the bumpers. The car is likely to assume the technology from the latest Audi A4, and it will remain as one of the most alluring small executive sedans on the U.S. market.

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Audi Will Present an All-Electric Quad on Steroids Known as the AI:Trail at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Audi Will Present an All-Electric Quad on Steroids Known as the AI:Trail at the Frankfurt Motor Show

This will be the fourth model in the ‘AI’ series and fortunately, it will come with a steering wheel unlike the Aicon concept

The 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show will be graced by this new electric off-road concept from Audi called the AI:Trail Quattro. The German automaker has not revealed a lot of details about it yet, but it does not look like merely an autonomous luxurious pod. It is an electric off-roader and even looks the part. The AI:Trail Quattro happens to be the fourth model in the series of design studies, and Audi will be debuting it on September 10, 2019. So, naturally, we are excited to see what it brings to the table.

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Video: Is That a Mild-Hybrid V-8 Making All That Noise Under the Hood of the 2020 Audi Q8 RS?

Video: Is That a Mild-Hybrid V-8 Making All That Noise Under the Hood of the 2020 Audi Q8 RS?

Times are changing indeed if that is a hybrid underneath that hood

Audi’s lineup of performance SUVs is adding another member to the fold when the flagship model, the Q8 RS, finally makes its long-awaited debut in September at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. We’re less than three weeks away before Audi unveils the Q8 RS so ahead of the big day, the German automaker brought its newest performance SUV to the Nurburgring for some last-minute tweaking. This video of the Q8 RS running around the ‘Ring has been making the rounds, in part because of a particular sound the SUV is generating. That’s not the sound of a diesel engine, folks. That’s the sound of a V-8 gas engine with — heaven forbid — a mild-hybrid setup? Audi hasn’t confirmed the powertrain details of the Q8 RS, but all shall be revealed in a matter of weeks. For now, watch the video of the Q8 RS running roughshod over the Nurburgring and listen to the sound it’s making while doing it.

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What is the Least Expensive Audi?

The least expensive Audi is the A3 sedan that starts out in the low-$30,000 range. The A3 can also be had in cabriolet form, which is also the brand’s cheapest drop-top model and is available for less than $40,000 before options. A mid-level performance model with sportier styling, known as the S3, is available in the mid-$40,000 range, and the RS3 – Audi’s entry-level performance offering - starts out in the mid-$50,000 range. In terms of SUVs, the entry-level model is the Q3, which starts out below $35,000 while the A4 Allroad is the cheapest wagon with a starting price of $45,700.

What is the Sportiest Audi?

Most would argue that Audi’s sportiest model is the $170,000 R8, however, the Audi TT, TTS, or TT RS are all good second choices while theA7, S7, or RS 7 offer a very sporty look if you’re into fastback or “four-door coupe” styling.

What is the Most Popular Audi?

In 2018, Audi sold 1,812,500 cars, 743,600 of which were in Europe and 222,323 of which were in the United States. While official statistics aren’t readily available, the Audi A4 is boasted as the best-selling model of the entire lineup, which isn’t surprising as it is fairly sporting and quite a bit larger than the entry-level A3. The Audi A4 starts out below $40,000 and is a viable family car as long as you don’t need a lot of space.

What is the Most Expensive Audi?

The most expensive Audi on sale right now is the R8 Spyder with a starting price of $182,100. The R8 coupe falls in second place with a price tag just below $170,000. In terms of SUVs, the new e-Tron SUV is the most expensive with a starting price of $74,800 while the most expensive sedan is the RS 7 at $113,900. If performance or SUVs aren’t your thing, you can jump into the Audi A8, which starts out just below $84,000.

What is the Fastest Audi?

The Audi R8 V10 Performance is, hands down, the fastest production Audi ever created. It delivers 602 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque from a 5.2-liter V-10 and comes packed to the gills with carbon fiber trim, aerodynamic enhancements, and ceramic brakes. According to Audi, the R8 V10 Performance can sprint to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and will continue on up to a top track speed of 205 mph, which is limited in the U.S. market for safety and regulatory reasons.

Are Audis Reliable?

Audi cars are fairly reliable and, according to Consumer Reports, are ranked No. 7 overall, being beat out by Japanese and Korean brands, including Lexus (No.1), Toyota (No.2), Kia (No. 5), and Infiniti (No.6). On that note, it does beat out its main competition with BMW ranking No. 8, Porsche ranking No. 11, and Mercedes ranking No. 17. Repair Pal reports that the average annual repair cost for Audi vehicles is at $1,011 with repairs being needed an average of once per year, with only 10-percent of those repairs being considered urgent. The 10 most reliable brands, according to Consumer Reports, include:

Top 10 Most Reliable Cars
No. 1 Lexus
No. 2 Toyota
No. 3 Mazda
No.4 Subaru
No. 5 Kia
No.6 Infiniti
No. 7 Audi
No. 8 BMW
No. 9 Mini
No. 10 Hyundai